Registered Nurse (RN ST)

Location: WK Medical Center
Department: Cancer Center - Cancer Center-Radiation Therapy
Classification: Full-Time
Shift: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Date Posted: 7/24/2019
Description: The Oncology nurse works with a multidisciplinary team to provide care for patients in our Radiation therapy department. The Oncology nurse will provide the cancer patients and their family with clinical treatment, education and psychosocial support to allow for optimum outcomes.

This position requires working with a team of oncology professionals in a fast paced environment, efficient and accurate patient assessment and excellent communication skills

Performs a wide variety of duties involving the clinical care of patients receiving radiation therapy treatments and supporting the clinical duties of the center Medical Director. Works with the physician in assessing and treating the new, current and follow-up appointments for radiation oncology patients. Educates patients and family regarding radiation therapy, treatment and side effects management.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

Demonstrates ongoing nursing assessments to include: assessing patients for radiation therapy side effects and providing appropriate nursing interventions. May be required to perform laboratory functions such as blood/specimen collection.

Educates patients and family members regarding their specific diagnosis, treatment and management of side effects. Provides emotional support to patients and families and makes appropriate referrals to community and hospital support services, such as social work, home care, hospice, etc., as needed. This would include coordinating hospital admissions.

Assists in coordinating the scheduling of patient consultations, simulations and follow-up visits. Assists with scheduling of required outpatient lab tests, x-rays, and scans as needed.

Works with the radiation oncologist on all patient care, follow-up, and medical management. Assists physicians during patient exams and procedures performed in the department which may require moderate sedation.

Maintains comprehensive and accurate records of all patient activities, including exams, diagnostic testing, medications, cancer treatments, referring physician information, etc.

Oversees the maintenance and care of examination equipment and supplies including maintaining stock levels of supplies and materials, checking for outdates, and ensuring center exam room and equipment is in good working order.

Coordinates and directs center support groups and screening efforts.

Abides by departmental policies and procedures to include infection control, blood borne pathogens, precautions, radiation safety, privacy and HIPAA. Appropriately refers questions, requests or problems to supervisors.

Manages incoming patient referrals by gathering all pertinent information for consultations.

Coordinates patient care with multiple physician offices including coordination of initial treatment.
Handles necessary referrals to ancillary physician offices as deemed necessary.

Manages all communication from patients and physicians in a timely manner.
Responsible for charging and billing for the physician.

Responsible for communicating with the billing department in order to receive pre-authorizations prior to treatment or outpatient exam which may include CT, MRI, etc.

Attending weekly meetings to discuss collaboration of care and quality improvements in the department.

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